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Triple Olive Tapenade

2017 August 16
by Emily Hill

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This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’ve been dying to make this triple olive tapenade ever since I first tasted it nearly two months ago at a church function. Everyone raved about it and I taste tested it enough times (thirds, fourths, maybe even fifths) to know it would be a hit at family get-togethers and upcoming holiday parties.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I worried it would require a long list of crazy ingredients but it’s actually ridiculously easy with ingredients you can easily find at your local grocery store.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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We served this triple olive tapenade with sliced pita bread and Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers. While I usually prefer pita bread, the light, smooth flavor of the Breton Artisanal Sweet Potato and Ancient Grains crackers were the perfect complement to the stronger flavor of the olive tapenade.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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In fact, the flavor of those Breton crackers were so good, I can’t wait to try them with this layered pesto dip, Greek feta dip and the ever-popular sweet onion crack dip.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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With Breton’s variety of flavors and textures, there are endless ways to enjoy them. Pair them with your favorite appetizer, use them to make a simple crust or my favorite, eat them right out of the box. I firmly believe there’s a perfect Breton cracker for everyone.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I know it’s way too early to be thinking about the holidays (no matter what the stores are putting on their shelves), but you really must pin this triple olive tapenade so you can easily find it when asked to bring an appetizer to Thanksgiving dinner. It’s sure to be a hit and you’re sure to be the favorite.

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Triple Olive Tapenade -- This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for triple olive tapenade below. Enjoy!
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Triple Olive Tapenade
 
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This triple olive tapenade features Kalamata, green & California olives. Freshly roasted red bell pepper, garlic & Italian herbs makes it extra addictive!
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 3 cups olive medley (1 cup each pitted Kalamata olives, large green olives, California olives) + 2 T capers
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and cut into 1” pieces*
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 2 T fresh Italian herbs, loosely chopped (1 T each parsley and basil)
  • 5 T olive oil + 2 tsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Put olives, capers, red pepper and garlic in food processor. Pulse 10 to 15 times in 1-second intervals.
  2. Add herbs, olive oil and lemon juice. Pulse another 10 times, stopping halfway to scrape down sides of bowl. Serve with pita bread, toasted baguette slices or your favorite crackers.
Notes
* To save time you can use 1 (12-oz) jar roasted red peppers, drained and cut into 1" pieces. The tapenade may not have quite the same smoky flavor; it depends on the brand of bottled roasted red peppers you use.

 
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{FREE} “I Would Step on a LEGO for You” Printable Gift Tag

2017 August 12
by Emily Hill

Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures!

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When LEGO Friends celebrates its fifth anniversary, you totally have to join the celebration. We’ve been LEGO Friends fans since they first arrived on the scene and have a pretty decent collection of sets. (And yes, we always buy anything Olivia; it’s what you do when your daughter has the same name.)

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Of course you don’t have to wait until LEGO Friends is celebrating an anniversary to have a party. LEGO Friends makes for a great birthday party theme or any celebration theme—kindergarten graduation, back-to-school party, just got my first round of braces party.

You can find plenty of awesome ideas on Pinterest if you want to host a LEGO Friends party, but I’m more of a simple gal. That’s why mini funfetti bundt cakes (get it? “mini” because of those darling LEGO minifigures) and a small LEGO Friends set with the cutest printable gift tag would be perfect.

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As for party gifts, if you want more pizzazz than a LEGO Friends set tied with raffia ribbon, wrap the set in cellophane and throw in some loose LEGOs and crinkle paper (purple, of course). Don’t forget the super cute LEGO printable gift tag; it’s an example of true friendship!

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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What I love most about these gift tags is their versatility. You can use them for classroom valentines or friend gifts for Christmas and birthdays. Just attach to a small bag of loose LEGOs, a small LEGO set or even to a couple minifigures!

Here’s what you’ll need to make the gift tags:

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FREE LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag -- Show the true meaning of friendship with this free LEGO printable gift tag. Attach to LEGO Friends sets, bags of loose LEGOs or a pair of minifigures! | isthisreallymylife.com #lego #printable #ad

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Here’s how to create the gift tag:

  1. Download both the “I would step on a LEGO for you” printable gift tag file and the gift tag cut file (links above).
  2. Print the printable gift tag on a color printer on white cardstock and trim the tags to size.
  3. Upload the gift tag cut file to your design software. Feed kraft cardstock into your machine and select cardstock in the media menu and cut.
  4. Glue printable to gift tag (I like a good ol’ gluestick) and use raffia ribbon or baker’s twine to attach.

Note: You can totally eliminate the kraft gift tag, but I think it adds the perfect finishing touch!
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Oatmeal M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar Neighbor Gift Idea -- what better way to welcome a new neighbor than with a super SWEET gift! Free printable gift tag included.


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Mountain Dew printable gift tag -- perfect for teacher appreciation or any Dew-lover appreciation!


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Lindt Truffles Teacher Appreciation Gift -- you will for sure be the favorite if you give your teacher a mason jar filled with Lindt truffles!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze

2017 August 10
by Emily Hill

Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com


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These mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze use my favorite homemade funfetti cake recipe paired with a super easy vanilla glaze. While you could add a bit of color to the glaze, I love how the white shows off the sprinkles.

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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When you’re ready to serve dessert, you could totally top these mini funfetti bundt cakes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry. It would be the perfect dessert for any celebration!

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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I love this mini fluted pan, and I found cooking spray with flour (e.g., Baker’s Joy) to be the best way to prep the pan.

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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze -- Mini funfetti bundt cakes with vanilla glaze are a fun party dessert. Perfect topped with a scoop of ice cream, whipped cream, more sprinkles and a cherry! | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for mini funfetti bundt cake below. Enjoy!
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Mini Funfetti Bundt Cake with Vanilla Glaze + {FREE} LEGO Friends Printable Gift Tag
 
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Mini funfetti bundt cakes are a great addition to a LEGO Friends birthday party. Don't forget the free LEGO Friends printable gift tag for party gifts!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Cake
Serves: 40
Ingredients
Mini Bundt Cakes
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • ¼ cup vanilla yogurt (or sour cream)
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 T vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup jimmies
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1½ cups confectioner's sugar
  • 2½ tsp milk
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp butter
Instructions
Mini Bundt Cakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour mini bundt pan or spray with cooking spray with flour.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugars vigorously. Mixture will be gritty. Chill in refrigerator for 1 minute.
  4. Beat in egg, yogurt, milk and vanilla extract until combined. Slowly mix in dry ingredients until no lumps remain; batter will be thick. Gently fold in sprinkles; avoid over mixing.
  5. Spoon batter into mini bundts and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan before removing to a wire rack. Cool completely before adding glaze.
Glaze
  1. Melt butter and add to remaining ingredients. Whisk until creamy. Pour over mini bundts and top with jimmies or your favorite sprinkles.

 
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Buttemilk Glazed Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting -- my friend is famous for this cake and I can see why. The perfect carrot cake topped with a buttermilk glaze while hot and then topped with a divine cream cheese frosting. Best. Cake. Ever.


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Healthy Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

2017 July 28
by Emily Hill

These healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups don’t taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they’re packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com


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All too often, healthy variations of popular foods taste way too healthy to be worth replacing them for the real thing. (My copycat peanut butter moo’d smoothie is one of the few exceptions.) But this…THIS recipe for healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups is totally worth replacing your two-pack of cups—or handful of mini cups—because they’re THAT good.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Of course, if you don’t like dark chocolate, you could try milk chocolate but you’d be cutting out all those antioxidants. And those antioxidants give you an excuse to eat two at a time rather than one.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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You won’t believe how easy these healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups are to make. They’re so easy, I’d totally consider making them on a weekly basis. Unfortunately, my family likes them as much as I do so they don’t last very long.

DANG IT.

What made them even easier was using a small scoop to shape the peanut butter balls before placing them in the muffin.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I did discover you have to keep these healthy peanut butter cups refrigerated at all times or you’ll end up with a soft, gooey peanut butter cup. Not that that’s a bad thing, but it does make them a bit harder to eat. On the plus side, if they’re harder to eat, you burn more calories while indulging. Total win.

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Healthy Reeses Peanut Butter Cups -- These healthy Reeses peanut butter cups do not taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they are packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for healthy Reese’s peanut butter cups below. Enjoy!
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Healthy Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
 
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These healthy Reese's peanut butter cups don't taste healthy (thank heavens!) but they're packed with protein, antioxidants and healthy fats. Makes 12 cups.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Healthy
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
Instructions
  1. Fill mini muffin tin with liners. Spray with coconut oil baking spray; set aside.
  2. Mix peanut butter and 2 tablespoons protein powder together in a small bowl . Add enough protein powder until mixture is just thick enough to form into balls.
  3. Separate peanut butter mixture into 12 teaspoon-sized balls and place on parchment or waxed paper.
  4. Melt dark chocolate chips and coconut oil in a small microwaveable bowl for 30 seconds. Stir. Continue microwaving at 15-second intervals until completely melted.
  5. Scoop 1 teaspoon of melted dark chocolate into the bottom of each muffin liner. Place tin in freezer for 10 minutes or until chocolate hardens.
  6. Remove from freezer and place one peanut butter ball on top of hardened chocolate and gently flatten with your finger.
  7. Pour two teaspoons of melted chocolate over the top of each peanut butter ball and place tin in freezer for an additional 10 minutes or until chocolate is hardened. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

 
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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese

2017 July 18
by Emily Hill

This slow cooker mac and cheese will please the pickiest eaters thanks to a combo of sharp cheddar and Colby Jack cheese plus a few surprise ingredients.

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese -- This slow cooker mac and cheese will please the pickiest eaters thanks to a combo of sharp cheddar and Colby Jack cheese plus a few surprise ingredients. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’ve made a half dozen or so homemade mac and cheese recipes but only one or two have been in the slow cooker. This was the very first slow cooker mac and cheese recipe I tried and it’s still a keeper.

I adapted this recipe from Taste of Home’s Easy Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese by using sharp cheddar and switching out the provolone and fontina for Colby Jack. I also underestimated the servings and doubled it, which I don’t recommend unless you’re feeding a small army.

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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese -- This slow cooker mac and cheese will please the pickiest eaters thanks to a combo of sharp cheddar and Colby Jack cheese plus a few surprise ingredients. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I totally need to make this again and take it to our next family potluck. Or maybe I’ll whip up a batch of this absolutely divine but not so budget-friendly gourmet mac and cheese.

I posted it in 2012 so don’t judge the recipe by the photos…

Printable recipe for slow cooker mac and cheese below. Enjoy!
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Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese
 
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This slow cooker mac and cheese will please the pickiest eaters thanks to a combo of sharp cheddar and Colby Jack cheese plus a few surprise ingredients.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Pasta
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 box uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup, undiluted
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¼ cup butter, cubed
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp white pepper
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (4 oz) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz) shredded Colby Jack
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, cook macaroni al dente according to package directions. Drain (do not rinse) and set aside.
  2. While pasta cooks, combine soup, milk, sour cream, butter and seasonings in a medium saucepan. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until blended. Add cheese and stir until completely melted.
  3. Drain macaroni; transfer to a greased 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in cheese mixture. Cook, covered, on low 1-2 hours or until heated through.

 
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread

2017 July 12
by Emily Hill

Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread -- Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries. | isthisreallymylife.com


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I would be lying if I said blueberry zucchini bread was my favorite way to use all that homegrown zucchini because if I had a choice, it would be frosted zucchini brownies every time. But since I’m not very good at eating my fruits and vegetables, blueberry zucchini bread is a tasty Plan B.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread -- Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries. | isthisreallymylife.com

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I’m pretty sure a slice of blueberry zucchini bread isn’t a full serving of fruits and/or vegetables, so I like to have at least two. And the fact I like to substitute applesauce for half the oil—and Splenda for half the sugar if I’m feeling extra healthy—makes me feel even less guilty about indulging in this delicious quick bread.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread -- Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries. | isthisreallymylife.com

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The recipe calls for baking the bread in four mini loaf pans (this mini loaf pan is a great choice if you don’t own one), and it’s true, mini loaves are the perfect gifting size. But sometimes you have to bake them in two full-size pans because the only gifting you’re doing is gifting this bread right into your mouth.

Note: A large cookie scoop is awesome for dispersing batter evenly among loaf pans.

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Blueberry Zucchini Bread -- Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries. | isthisreallymylife.com

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Printable recipe for blueberry zucchini bread below. Enjoy!
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Blueberry Zucchini Bread
 
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Baking a batch of blueberry zucchini bread is one of the best ways to use all that fresh garden zucchini and sweet, summer-ripened blueberries. Makes 4 mini loaves or 2 regular loaves.
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Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ¼ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour 4 mini loaf pans or 2 regular loaf pans.
  2. Beat eggs, oil, vanilla and sugar in a large bowl. Fold in zucchini.
  3. Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon; mix until thoroughly combined. Gently fold in blueberries.
  4. Spread batter evenly into loaf pans. Bake 50 minutes for mini loaves or 1 hour 20 minutes for regular loaves or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool 20 minutes in pans before turning out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Notes
For a healthier bread, try substituting ½ cup of the oil with a ½ cup unsweetened applesauce and/or 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of Splenda.

 
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Sour Cream Banana Bread -- the sour cream makes this the most divine banana bread you will ever bake. Freezes well and perfect for gift giving...and eating.


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Easy Apple Pull-Apart Bread -- great way to use leftover apple slices from your pies and crostatas!


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Corned Beef & Cheddar Burgers

2017 July 4
by Emily Hill

Corned beef and cheddar burgers combine ground beef with corned beef and sharp white cheddar cheese for one of the tastiest burgers you’ll ever grill!

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Irish Corned Beef and Cheddar Burgers - Corned beef and cheddar burgers combine ground beef with corned beef and sharp white cheddar cheese for one of the tastiest burgers you will ever grill! | isthisreallymylife.com


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I first made these corned beef and cheddar burgers for St. Patrick’s Day. Usually I’m all about making traditional Irish dishes like Irish stew with a side of soda bread. But this year I was all about what sounded good, came together easily, wouldn’t heat up my kitchen and fed a lot of people. These Irish-inspired burgers were the answer.

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Irish Corned Beef and Cheddar Burgers - Corned beef and cheddar burgers combine ground beef with corned beef and sharp white cheddar cheese for one of the tastiest burgers you will ever grill! | isthisreallymylife.com

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The burgers were such a hit, I knew I had to make them again and share the recipe with you. There’s something about the combination of ground beef (lean, of course), corned beef and sharp white cheddar that makes these burgers extra tender and flavorful. Topping them with pickled red cabbage, arugula and spicy mustard hits ’em way out of the burger ballpark!

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Irish Corned Beef and Cheddar Burgers - Corned beef and cheddar burgers combine ground beef with corned beef and sharp white cheddar cheese for one of the tastiest burgers you will ever grill! | isthisreallymylife.com

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When I made these Irish burgers the first time, I shaped them by hand hoping they were about 1/3 pound each. The second time I tripled the recipe (it was a big party), so I used a kitchen scale and a burger press, which made the process much easier. I highly recommend stocking your kitchen with both!

Printable recipe for corned beef and cheddar burgers below. Enjoy!
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Corned Beef & Cheddar Burgers
 
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Corned beef and cheddar burgers combine ground beef with corned beef and sharp white cheddar cheese for one of the tastiest burgers you'll ever grill!
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Serves: 4
Ingredients
Pickled red cabbage
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 T kosher salt
  • 1 small head red cabbage, shredded
Burger
  • 1 lb ground beef (at least 90% lean)
  • 4 slices corned beef, diced
  • 4 oz. sharp white cheddar cheese, cut into ¼-inch cubes
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 hamburger buns, toasted
  • Spicy mustard
  • Arugula
Instructions
Pickled red cabbage
  1. Combine vinegar, sugar, salt and cabbage in a medium bowl. Refrigerate overnight.
Burger
  1. Combine ground beef, corned beef and cheese in a large bowl. Shape into 4 patties; season with salt and pepper.
  2. Grill burgers over medium heat until cooked to preferred doneness.
  3. Serve on toasted hamburger buns topped with spicy mustard, pickled red cabbage and arugula. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

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If you’re looking for more yummy recipes, you should browse my “best of” Pinterest board.

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